QUESTION: Anyone do an obstacle course for fitness?

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    Oct 27, 2008 2:49 PM GMT
    We had obstacle courses in the Army, for the obvious reason that they simulated in some ways the challenging tasks soldiers might encounter in a combat situation: climbing, jumping, running, crawling, etc, and all in quick succession.

    But what I found was that they gave me a complete workout, and because of their fast aerobic pace, they left me extremely exhilarated. As a result, I'd often go out onto an obstacle course by myself, when it was permitted, just for the joy of doing it. Far more exciting than static indoor exercise routines, and never boring, always a little different, and challenging in a fun way.

    Now that I'm retired I've only found a few places where there's a civilian equivalent, and those are sometimes kinda mild and meant for kids. I guess liability concerns are one problem, to keep them open & unattended.

    Does anyone know of any obstacle courses for the public? Where, what are they like, and have you used any? Would you try one if you could? Thanks!
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    Oct 27, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    Army obstacle courses are way too dangerous for anyone to assume the liability of having one. If you remember, there was an ambulance with a medic on hand when the Obstacle Course was in use.

    If you view the footage of the obstacle courses at terrorist training camps, you will find them incredibly simple and mild compared to the US military.

    On one occasion my unit was taking the "Amphibious Warfare" training course at Little Creek, VA and we had the privilege of taking on the US Navy SEAL obstacle course, that was fantastic. The toughest part was a horizontal ladder set at an angle that gradually went up three stories to the slide for life platform. It must have had at least a hundred rungs.

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    Oct 27, 2008 6:45 PM GMT
    Can you guys give some specific examples (or a link to such) of the obstacles on these army courses? And of course, your opinion of the different obstacles. I've got some interest in building such a course for myself, friends and family. Maybe not up to mil spec, but something to add interest to a jog around the property line. We've got plenty of rugged, wooded terrain that's not doing much except growing fire wood. So far, I've just started clearing a path. I may have started another thread on this, some time ago, but I don't think it went anywhere.
  • DuggerPDX

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    Oct 27, 2008 7:15 PM GMT
    The Buccaneer resort on St Croix has a great 2 mile jogging/workout course on their property, and the scenery can't be beat either. They have workout stations spaced along the trail. It may not be the traditional style obstacle course but I was impressed that a resort would have this.
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    Oct 28, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidCan you guys give some specific examples (or a link to such) of the obstacles on these army courses?


    This link contains a reprint of the Army's Field Manual for physical fitness. I haven't found a direct Army link to it.

    Chapter 8 deals with obstacle courses for physical fitness purposes. These are distinct from combat obstacle courses, which include crawling under barbed wire, with or without live fire (bullets) overhead. I presume this is not a feature you envision for your family or friends.

    Please review the chapter and feel free to ask me questions here in the thread or via RJ email.

    http://www.physicallytrained.com/fm21-20/physical-fitness-training/obstacle-courses-and-additional-drills.shtml

  • GQjock

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    Oct 29, 2008 11:19 AM GMT
    Hmmm....
    I did one at the Canyon Ranch Spa a while back but I haven't seen one since

    But hell ... you can make one very easily yourself
    It's not rocket science
    Plan a course that you think will challenge you
    Best to go to a school track on a weekend early
    intersperse sprints with push ups
    sit ups jumping jacks
    and put in some other exercises that will get your muscles working